Fire engulfs scaffolding on Sydney CBD building in early morning blaze

Twenty people were evacuated from an office building in Sydney’s CBD after scaffolding caught fire, sending flames and smoke shooting up the building early on Thursday morning.

The fire started at the Macquarie Street building, near Hyde Park, about 7.50am Thursday, with fire crews racing to the scene and closing the street.

Footage showed flames quickly rising up the 11-storey building, sending a plume of black smoke into the sky.

Left: Firefighters on the scene. Source: Samuel Hussey. RIGHT: The blaze climbed up scaffolding at the front of the building. Source: Twitter/OnABloodbuzz

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesperson told Yahoo7 fire crews were on the scene within five minutes.

“The fire was on the external scaffolding so it was confined to that area,” the spokesperson said, adding that there is believed to be no damage to the inside of the building.

“Twenty people were safely evacuated but operations are still ongoing.”

Thirteen crews and 70 firefighters are still on the scene. It is believed no injuries were sustained in the incident.

Once the blaze has been fully extinguished, an investigation into what sparked the fire will begin.